A nucleus colony (aka nuc) is small complete colony of honeybees. It contains 5 frames of drawn foundation which contains a laying queen, nurse bees, workers and drones. The frames have either brood ( eggs, larvae, sealed brood ), or have honey and pollen in them as part of the working colony. We raise our own queens which are from: Purdue Leg-chewer Caucasian, both are crossed with winter-hardy Pennsylvania survivor stock. Also, the 'Mite Mauler', which we call "Martha Carpenter Mite-maulers" an Italian style bees is available. Note: We open mate our queens, so they have mite biting behavior and PA survivor stock on the drone side.
2023 Nuc Orders.
When picking up, please bring a pick up if possible. Or we can supply you with a special box. There is a $10 box deposit.
For directions best to use Google maps, you MUST turn right just after railroad tracks; or you can't get there from here. 724.967.1957 c if lost.
For more details on the genetics refer to the work we did w/ the USDA SARE grant program (google FNE17-863, "Pennsylvania queen bee improvement", or "Mite Biting Behavior", and facebook: Heartland Honey Bee Breeders Coop)
Queen are available after May 15. We prioritize nuc customers first, then sell the queens. Your order is placed in line based on your payment date, so "First in - First out" the door. You can pre-pay using the shopping cart below.
You can also make a deposit for your nucs using this website.
WE DO NOT SHIP NUCS. YOU HAVE TO PICK UP OR ARRANGE DELIVERY.